tangor - 5:01 am on Apr 21, 2010 (gmt 0)
incrediBill... I love you, and you are brilliant in many things, but in this regard I can only believe it is a sector of business law you've not visited before. This is really scary stuff. More info here: [theregister.co.uk...]
But the DOR wants more - it wants to know exactly what books and video individual North Carolinians bought. And Amazon isn't buying it: "If Amazon is forced to comply with this demand, the disclosure will invade the privacy and violate the First Amendment rights of Amazon and its customers on a massive scale."
Sales records are one thing, says Amazon. "But the DOR has no business seeking to uncover the identity of Amazon's customers who purchased expressive content, which makes up the majority of the nearly 50 million products sold to North Carolina residents during the audit period, let alone associating customers' names and addresses with the specific books, music, and video content that they have purchased during the past seven years."